HMRC has launched a consultation on the use of rebated fuel for gritting in rural areas. The full consultation document can be found here.
Northants CALC has sent the following response and would encourage member councils to send their own response.
The Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (Northants CALC), is the membership organisation representing the 260 parish and town councils and parish meetings in the county of Northamptonshire.
Would it benefit rural communities if the law allowed the use of red diesel in vehicles being used for gritting that are not purpose-built or adapted for that purpose?
Yes. We would like to encourage the use of local contractor and farm vehicles to contribute to the county council’s gritting efforts.
Would such a change benefit gritting authorities?
Yes. Particularly in the “final mile”, which is often the minor access roads in to and out of isolated villages.
Should the change be confined to agricultural tractors or should it be extended to other excepted agricultural vehicles?
The change should apply to any vehicle used on a for gritting and/or snow clearance
Would a 15-mile restriction be too restrictive?
Would a 15-mile restriction protect existing commercial contractors?
Would the additional demand for salt and grit cause a shortage?
No. The volumes of salt used locally in the “final third” are small compared to the volume used on the major routes.
Can you foresee any harm to your business if this proposal were adopted?